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RunBlogRun opines: The new WR that surprised the Polish team last week lasted one week. The Polish team told us last week that their goal had been to regain the European Indoor record set by the Belgian team. Last Sunday, The Polish team added some excitement with their amazing run down on the US team. At the NCAA, three teams broke the WR for 4x400m, but ONLY one gets the WR (because of this nifty little rule about how all four athletes have to be from the same country).
4x400 m Relay World record
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 10): Not only World Indoor record at 400 m by Southern California´s Michael Norman 44.52 (EME NEWS reported about it in the Mar 10 issue) but another WR was registered at the NCAA first division championships. But it was not the winning Southern California in the 4x400 m with fastest ever 3:00.77 but the second placed Texas AM with 3:01.39. The winners with Zach Shinnick (46.24), Rai Benjamin (44.35), Ricky Morgan (45.67) and Michael Norman (44.52) had with Benjamin a runner from Antigua so they did not fulfill the rule about runners from the same country. But second placers from Texas Ilolo Izu (46.57), Robert Grant (44.84), Devin Dixon (45.48) and Mylik Kerley (44.52) were all US runners. Third Florida achieved third fastest ever 3:01.43 but had Nigerian Kunle Fasasi (46.42) with hurdles star Grant Holloway (44.91) and then Jamaican Chantz Sawyers (45.36) and Denmark´s Benjamin Vedel with 44.75 split. All 3 teams were faster than Poland at World Indoors 3:01.77, at that time World Indoor record. In women 4x400 m USC also won with 3:27.45 ahead of Purdue 3:28.82.
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Fast 200 m prelims Hall 20.26 and Thomas with Irby 22.66
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Mar 9): NCAA Division I Championships first day had Will Williams winning the long jump 819 PB over Grant Holloway 813 (was also fastest in 60mhurdles prelims 7.58) and Charles Brown 812. New Saudi Arabian record by Hussain Al-Hizam in pole vault 570 (over Chris Nilsen and Deakin Volz both 560) and Egyptian shot put win for Mostafa Hassan who with 20.86 defended his title (beating Dutch Denzel Comenentia 20.29 and Nigerian Josh Awotunde 20.15). Canadian Justyn Knight won the 5000 m in 14:14.07. In women finals Kate Hall long jump 673 (over triple record holder Keturah Orji 652), Maggie Ewen shot put 18.49 and Nicole Greene 187 in high jump. Taliyah Brooks scored 4572 points in pentathlon. Karissa Schwiezer got the 5000 m in 15:43.23. In prelims Raheem Chambers and Elijah Hall 6.56, Hall also clocked super fast 20.26 in the 200 m, Michael Norman 45.56 in the 400 m. On the women side Gabrielle Thomas equaled World lead 22.66, the same for Linna Irby and Sydney McLaughlin PB 22.68, she was fastest in 400 m heats 51.34 ahead of Sharrika Barnett 51.49 and Lynna Irby 51.51 with Kendall Ellis 51.59. Aleia Hobbs was the fastest in 60 m heats 7.12 and Payton Chadwick 7.93 in the hurdles.
RunBlogRun opines: Sydney McLaughlin ran fantastic 400m and 200 meter in College Station. As Edrick Floreal, her coach, continues to develop her fine talent, watch for those times over 200 metres, 400 meters, and yes, 400m hurdles, to continue to drop.

What the Heisman Trophy is to football, the Bowerman has quickly become the parallel award in track & field. Thanks to the work of the USTFCCCA, the Bowerman Awards are the key night for collegiate track & field to celebrate the best of the best in our sport. On Friday evening, December 15, the USTFCCCA announced that Raeyvn Rogers was the female 2017 Bowerman Athlete of the Year!

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Raevyn Rogers Wins The Bowerman In 2017, by Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

PHOENIX - Raevyn Rogers prides herself in being one of a kind.

She probably won't mind being one of this select few.

Rogers won The Bowerman on Friday night at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa during the 2017 USTFCCCA Convention and became the third Woman of Oregon in the past four years to take home collegiate track & field's highest honor. She joined Laura Roesler (2014) and Jenna Prandini (2015) in that regard.

Like she did throughout her collegiate career, Rogers beat talented competition.

This batch of women's finalists was the most accomplished in the history of the award as never before had all three women broke collegiate records in the same season. Rogers lowered the outdoor 800-meter mark and chipped in on several record-breaking relays, Maggie Ewen demolished a 10-year-old standard in the hammer, while Keturah Orji matched her American and collegiate outdoor records with the indoor versions.

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RunBlogRun opines: Again, a tremendous pick! Raeyvn Rogers is one of the amazing new characters of our sport, with focus, and belief that is amazing. Watch for upcoming interviews with Raeyvn Rogers by @runblogrun.

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Christian Coleman wins Bowerman Male Athlete of Year for 2017! story by Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

PHOENIX - When Beth Alford-Sullivan took over at the University of Tennessee, Christian Coleman said he wanted to put the Volunteers back on the map.

It's safe to say he did just that in 2017 as he won four NCAA titles, broke or tied a pair of collegiate records and now added winning The Bowerman to his resume.

Coleman became the first Tennessee athlete to win collegiate track & field's highest honor on Friday night as he was feted during The Bowerman Presentation at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa during the 2017 USTFCCCA Convention. He also is the fourth male athlete from the Southeastern Conference to win The Bowerman in a row, joining Deon Lendore (2014), Marquis Dendy (2015) and Jarrion Lawson (2016).

The former Tennessee standout beat out the strongest group of men's finalists in the history of The Bowerman. This year was the first time in the nine years that The Bowerman has been around that all three finalists shattered collegiate records. Fred Kerley lowered the all-time mark in the 400 and was part of several record-breaking relay teams, while Lindon Victor twice bettered the collegiate decathlon record, not to mention Coleman's aforementioned feats.

Coleman separated himself from the pack at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships when he completed the double-double. He was the first male athlete in NCAA DI history to sweep the indoor and outdoor short-sprint titles since fellow Volunteer great Justin Gatlin in 2002.

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RunBlogRun opines: Fantastic pick by USTFCCCA! Christian Coleman had an amazing season with something around 38 races in 2017! Here's Christian at presser from London World Championships in August 2017! A great end of season commentaries by Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and a very tired Christian Coleman!

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